Lake Como, Italy
I chose to stay in the town of Lezzeno at a four star resort, Filario Hotel & Residences. We liked its location because it had stunning views, but it did feel a bit isolated to the bigger towns that had more ample choice of bars and restaurants. What was great about Filario was the three bedroom villa we stayed in. As a group of friends, it was lovely to share a private space, yet still use the amenities of the upscale hotel. Filario's infinity pool is amazing, and we enjoyed swimming out to the floating dock in the lake. As a modern hotel, it lacks the charm of the surrounding villas.
We spent an evening at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo - arguably the most luxurious hotel on the lake. The pool was particularly noticeable as it was built in the lake. The decor was very elegant and traditional, mirroring the service we received.
Some of the prestigious villas are open to the public. Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta have spectacular grounds that are worth a visit.
We used Como Classic Boats for a private, one hour tour of the lake on a wooden riva. Our captain, Fabrizio, was well informed about the region, pointing out important buildings and providing us with some history. He picked us up on our hotel dock, provided us with a few bottles of champagne while cruising and dropped us off for dinner in Tremezzo.
Lake Como has good seafood (so I'm told by my non-vegetarian travel companions). I personally enjoyed the gold and saffron risotto on the tasting menu at La Terrazza.
I wish we would have had time to eat at Ristorante Crotto dei Platani.
While I wouldn't recommend staying in Bellagio, go for pre dinner drinks at Verri's Bar. Enjoy an Aperol spritz or suave cocktail on the patio during sunset, then head to the lounge inside and you'll be sure to get chatting with the friendly bartenders.
Private beach at the Filario Hotel
45.9450° N, 9.1826° E
Lake Como is a glacial lake in northern Italy, frequented by a wealthy clientele. Today, many celebrities own homes on the shores of Lake Como, retreating to the peaceful area in the warm summer months. The town of Como is the hub for the lake, easily accessible by train from Milan. The
The more secluded towns offer more privacy, though less choice for dining and activities. Most towns are accessible by ferries and water taxis, though you should be sure to check the schedules ahead of time.
While Tremezzo has the best view of the lake at sunset, Bellagio is a very popular tourist destination among Americans because of the ample choice of shops and restaurants within walking distance from hotels.